Government minister at Penarth Learning Community for apprenticeship showcase
10:27am Friday 27th September 2013 in Penarth news
SHOWCASE: Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates AM was at the site to meet young people working thanks to Y Prentis.
A £2.5 MILLION apprenticeship scheme aimed at tackling youth unemployment and boosting the construction industry in South Wales went on showcase at Penarth Learning Community (PLC) yesterday (Thursday September 26).
Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates AM was at the site to meet young people who have been given a life-changing opportunity to gain skills and further their careers thanks to Y Prentis.
Y Prentis is a shared apprenticeship scheme owned by Housing Association, Melin Homes, and Monmouthshire County Council’s Community Interest Company, CMC². It is managed by SOSAVI.
The scheme increases the flexibility of training in Wales in a bid to address the skills shortfall within the construction industry.
Daniel Hearse was one of the first people on Y Prentis’ books and he is now working on site helping to build the new super school with contractor Leadbitter, a subsidiary of Bouygues UK.
“Last year I got laid off from an online retailer and I wanted to find a trade to give me some security,” said 20-year-old Daniel, who has a guaranteed two-year apprenticeship, giving him valuable experience as he works towards his NVQ Level 2 in Bricklaying.
“The on-the-job experience that I am getting now will hopefully give me a head start when I finish college and start looking for a job.”
Y Prentis is backed by CITB Construction Skills Wales and the Welsh Government, and has been established to meet the growing demand for a more flexible approach to delivering apprenticeships in south east Wales specifically.
It has been running for almost a year and currently has 35 youngsters on craft apprenticeships including brickwork, carpentry and plastering. A further 50 are currently being recruited.
Ken Skates AM said: “It’s imperative for the future of the Welsh economy that we ensure our young people have the high level transferable skills they need to find work and succeed in life.
“Our Apprenticeship Programmes continues to cover a broad range of skills which are focused on priority sectors, like construction, which will benefit key employers across Wales. They continue to be our flagship programmes and, in these difficult economic times, that has never been more important.
“For that reason it’s great to see the fantastic work which is being undertaken by Y Prentis which is tackling youth unemployment and boosting the construction industry in south east Wales.”
For more information see www.yprentis.co.uk